SNIDER: Redskins cut to 53 not easy

Rick Snider
August 31, 2018 - 11:09 am

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It's time for hard decisions, easy cuts and a few tweeners for the Washington Redskins. Releasing 37 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday won't be simple.

It starts at quarterback. Kevin Hogan has been a solid no. 3 passer. Unfortunately, coach Jay Gruden doesn't often keep three passers. With Alex Smith the firm starter for at least three seasons and backup Colt McCoy signed through 2019, the team will use that third spot elsewhere. Too bad – Hogan might turn into a decent player.

Running back has been fluid throughout the preseason. The Redskins are probably keeping four, maybe five. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson are givens. Then it gets weird. Rob Kelley seems safe. So did Samaje Perine, until he fumbled again on Thursday. The guess is Gruden hates fumblers and keeps Kapri Bibbs over Perine. As for the fifth, Washington should keep fullback J.P. Holtz to block for Peterson.

The final two receiver slots should go to rookies Trey Quinn and Cam Sims, with veteran Brian Quick out. He just never found a role since arriving last season. Simmie Cobbs Jr. made a lot of plays over the preseason. Maybe the Redskins can keep him on the practice squad.

Inside linebacker could have Martrell Spaight out, which is nuts. A very good banger who will get even better. Shaun Dion Hamilton is a draft pick, but he's not ready and might be stashed on the practice squad. Spaight is ready now.

After cuts, look for Washington to sign a veteran guard. Shawn Lauvao has never been a favorite, but somehow keeps playing. Yet the Redskins are seeking his replacement, or at least his backup. The Redskins may also look for a veteran safety.

Is this 53-man roster worthy of playoff consideration? It's a deeper team than past years, but also younger, which is a good long-term thing. Given an insanely-hard schedule, the Redskins may be a year away from really contending, but this roster is a move forward.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks​